2017 Stirling Council election

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All 23 seats to Stirling Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Neil Benny Scott Farmer Danny Gibson
Party Conservative SNP Labour
Leader's seat Stirling West Stirling West Stirling North
Last election 4 seats, 18.2% 9 seats, 40.1% 8 seats, 36.4%
Seats before 4 9 8
Seats after 9 9 4
Seat change Increase5 - Decrease4

  Fourth party
 
Leader Alasdair Tollemache
Party Green
Leader's seat Dunblane and Bridge of Allan
Last election 1 seat, 5.8%
Seats before 1
Seats after 1
Seat change -

Stirling Council election 2017.svg
The 7 multi-member wards

Council Leader before election

Johanna Boyd
Labour

Council Leader after election

Scott Farmer
SNP

Elections to Stirling Council were held on 4 May 2017, the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. The election used the seven wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 23 councillors being elected, an increase of 1 from 2012. Each ward elected either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system. Following the Fifth Electoral Review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, minor changes were made to several of the ward boundaries and one additional Councillor was added moving the total number of Councillors from twenty-two to twenty-three.

The election saw the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party increased their representation on the council by five and significantly increase their vote share. The SNP retained their nine seats (though lost the council seat they had won in a 2015 by-election) and the Scottish Green Party retained their one seat. The Scottish Labour Party saw their representation on the Council drop by four seats and the Scottish Liberal Democrats and all independent candidates failed to win any seats.

Following the 2012 election a coalition had been formed between the Labour Party and the Conservatives which replaced the previous SNP minority administration. In the aftermath of the 2017 election a new coalition was agreed between the SNP and Labour with Labour Councillor Christine Simpson becoming Provost of Stirling and the SNP's Graham Houston becoming depute convener of the council.[1]

2017 Results

Stirling Local Election Result 2017
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 Increase5 0 Increase5 40.9 37.2 13,261 Increase17.2
  SNP 9 Increase2 Decrease2 - 40.9 34.7 12,408 Decrease2.7
  Labour 4 0 Decrease4 Decrease4 13.6 16.2 5,772 Decrease12.6
  Green 1 0 0 - 4.5 6.6 2,339 Increase0.7
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 - - 3.3 1,180 Decrease2.2
  Independent 0 0 0 - - 2.0 715 Increase0.4

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward results

Trossachs and Teith

Trossachs and Teith - 3 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Martin Earl (incumbent) 38.1 2,027          
SNP Evelyn Tweed 20.5 1,090 1,105.8 1,112.5 1,227.6 1,306.6 1,311.7
SNP Fergus Wood (incumbent) 14.6 776 799.4 809.1 850.8 890.2 891.7
Conservative Jeremy McDonald 11.9 632 1,210.5 1,250.7 1,286.6 1,378.5  
Labour Gerry McGarvey 6.1 326 342.2 391.3 478.6    
Green Gordon Cowtan 5.4 286 296.3 347.7      
Liberal Democrats Galen Milne 3.3 177 191.5        
Electorate: 9,147   Valid: 5,314   Spoilt: 118   Quota: 1,329   Turnout: 59.4%  

Forth and Endrick

Forth and Endrick - 3 seats[3]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Alistair Berrill (incumbent) 26.6 1,651          
Conservative Robert Davies 18.5 1,147 1,234.4 1,255.6 1,355.4 1,597.0  
SNP Graham Lambie (incumbent)‡‡‡ 16.5 1,026 1,027.4 1,117.4 1,165.5 1,256.6 1,259.7
SNP Ian Muirhead (incumbent) 13.8 859 859.9 942.0 1,031 1,243.3 1,246.4
Independent Evan McLean 10.1 630 632.5 702.7 899.0    
Labour Richard Simpson 8.5 529 530.4 602.5      
Green Michael Marten 6.0 371 371.6        
Electorate: 10,405   Valid: 6,213   Spoilt: 115   Quota: 1,554   Turnout: 60.8%  

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan - 4 seats[4]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Conservative Alastair Majury 22.1 1,543          
Conservative Douglas Dodds 21.5 1,502          
SNP Graham Houston (incumbent) 17.2 1,203 1,205.4 1,208.3 1,250.0 1,885.6  
Green Alasdair Tollemache 10.1 706 717.2 727.1 883.5 950.6 1,218.4
Labour Mike Robbins (incumbent) 11.8 824 849.8 866.3 1,053.3 1,076.4 1,143.4
SNP Rosemary Hunter 10.4 723 724.4 724.6 741.8    
Liberal Democrats Stuart Auld 6.8 476 512.0 536.0      
Electorate: 11,484   Valid: 6,977   Spoilt: 123   Quota: 1,396   Turnout: 61.8%  

Stirling North

Stirling North - 4 seats[5]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Conservative Ross Oxburgh 26.7 1,237            
SNP Susan McGill 22.8 1,054            
Labour Danny Gibson (incumbent) 13.3 616 665.1 668.7 682.2 729.8 994.1  
SNP Jim Thomson (incumbent) 15.7 727 740.3 845.6 862.2 885.2 899.7 906.4
Green Chloe Campbell 10.7 496 511.0 519.1 543.9 614.0 637.2 655.3
Labour Jen Preston 5.7 266 302.8 305.9 312.9 349.6    
Liberal Democrats Fayzan Rehman 3.2 150 205.6 206.1 222.4      
Independent James McDonald 1.8 85 117.3 118.3        
Electorate: 10,512   Valid: 4,631   Spoilt: 124   Quota: 927   Turnout: 45.2%  

Stirling West

Stirling West - 3 seats[6]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Conservative Neil Benny (incumbent) 39.5 2,076        
Labour Christine Simpson (incumbent) 17.8 936 1,151.4 1,210.8 1,456.0  
SNP Scott Farmer (incumbent) 20.9 1,096 1,116.6 1,156.6 1,193.2 1,213.1
SNP Morag Fulton 12.8 671 676.5 755.2 786.5 805.3
Liberal Democrats Robert Skilleter 4.2 221 411.4 480.9    
Green Kevin Ralston 4.8 251 287.0      
Electorate: 9,637   Valid: 5,251   Spoilt: 74   Quota: 1,313   Turnout: 55.3%  

Stirling East

Stirling East - 3 seats[7]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Alison Laurie 24.2 916 920 962      
Labour Chris Kane 19.8 751 768 797 797.7 1,153.8  
Conservative Bryan Flanagan 21.3 806 825 833 833.2 848.2 883.0
SNP Gerry McLaughlan (incumbent) 17.9 678 680 705 717.9 739.0 774.8
Labour Corrie McChord (incumbent) 11.0 416 427 440 440.3    
Green Linda Hendry 3.3 125 150        
Liberal Democrats William Galloway 2.5 94          
Electorate: 8,479   Valid: 3,786   Spoilt: 93   Quota: 947   Turnout: 45.7%  

Bannockburn

Bannockburn - 3 seats[8]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SNP Alasdair MacPherson (incumbent) 24.9 871 880        
Labour Margaret Brisley (incumbent) 23.9 837 854 854.3 871.3 1,093.3  
SNP Maureen Bennison‡‡ 20.5 718 722 725.2 765.3 779.3 813.1
Conservative Paul Henke 18.3 640 653 653.1 662.1 683.1 723.4
Labour Violet Weir (incumbent) 7.7 271 274 274.1 292.2    
Green Jennifer Tollemache 3.0 104 113 113.1      
Liberal Democrats Gordon Bruce 1.8 62          
Electorate: 8,672   Valid: 3,503   Spoilt: 124   Quota: 876   Turnout: 41.8%  

Changes between 2017 and 2022

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